September 2, 2011

Should You Sell Your Gold Jewelry?

With the price of gold so high we are seeing commercials with advertisements telling you to sell your gold jewelry for cash NOW, but should you?

First of all you should ask yourself a few questions.

Is it an heirloom?

Jewelry goes in cycles, what is in style right now will be considered out of date and not so hot in ten or fifteen years. That gaudy gold diamond ring your father wore may not look too attractive now but wait a few years and it will be hot again.

When my husband’s parents passed away I inherited a wide gold bracelet mostly because no one else wanted it. It was considered over the top at the time but I loved it. Now it’s back in style and everyone notices it. “Where did you get that?” “It’s a family heirloom.” If I’d had it melted down we wouldn’t have it now.

The design and look of a piece is often more valuable than the weight of the gold itself. Even if you aren’t into that particular look your kids may love it and it’s value will go up tremendously when it is back in vogue.

Do you need money so bad you want to lose a family memory?

What is it really worth?

Those people on the commercials and the ones giving home parties are not going to give you the full value; they are gold brokers or middlemen. They have to make a profit or it’s not worth it so you are losing money by turning your gold over to them.

If you have decided you really want to part with it and you need the money make sure you are getting the best deal. You need to check around for the best buyer before selling your gold jewelry. Have them weigh it and give you a price. Don't let anyone pressure you into a sell. That is a sure sign they are not giving you the full value.

Will you regret selling it?

If you are having second thoughts and not sure, don’t sell. Once you’ve sold it, it’s gone. They melt it down and there is no buying it back. It might be better to sell it to another family member who won’t have it melted down so at least it stays in the family.

September 1, 2011

Commenting Advice For Writers

First of all, I am writing this mostly as a reminder to myself. Unfortunately, if you are a writer or other person trying to keep on the good side of people for marketing purposes you have to overlook a heck of a lot of things that are on the Internet.

With that said, here’s my personal comprised list of things I/we need to remember.

Always be nice.

There’s an old saying where I come from, “If you can’t say something nice… Don’t say anything at all.”

This is the best mantra to follow. Put it up on your bulletin board, a post it note on your monitor or tattoo it to your forearm, whatever it takes. This is the number one golden rule.

People have long memories when it comes to rude remarks. They may forget what you blogged about yesterday or that article you put hours of research into but by golly they’ll remember a comment you made about someone.

If you don’t like a comment, move on.

There are a lot of radical folks out there and with the anonymity of the World Wide Web people can say all kinds of things about subjects you feel strongly about. Some people love to get others riled up; it just tickles them to death to piss people off. Maybe their mama didn’t love them enough or they didn’t get enough hugs. Who knows?

Don’t get involved in debates.

I have had to bite my tongue or in this case tie my hands behind my back to stay out of discussions I felt strongly about. I’m not always successful. What we type in forums, unless you are on Google+, is there for infinity and beyond. You don’t want someone to put in a search for your name only to find you in the middle of a heated argument over the importance of putting toilet paper on the holder properly.

We all have opinions and things we feel strongly about whether it’s religion, politics or what color to paint our toenails. It’s human nature but it’s better to not leave a comment we’ll regret later on.

What we type defines us as a writer. It’s not fair, we can’t give our honest to goodness views on anything but it’s how it is.

Sometimes it’s best to just stay out of forums if you are the type person who gets uptight and can’t keep from clicking away on those keys giving advice to unwed mothers or graffiti artists. More than likely you won’t change their mind anyway.

Using a fake name.

If you are careful and a great actor you can use an alias so you can be yourself in forums. I’m not good at faking it so I haven’t tried to do this, but some are good at creating many aliases around Cyber Land. People do it all the time, but be careful, you don’t want to be labeled as a Troll.